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Officers & Trustees

Officers & Trustees

Senior Management

David Helfand
David Helfand
President
Chief Executive Officer
David Helfand David Helfand is President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC), a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates commercial office properties throughout the United States.

Mr. Helfand serves as an Advisor to Equity Group Investments, a private investment firm, where he previously served as Co-President. Prior to Equity Group Investments, Mr. Helfand was Founder and President of Helix Funds LLC, a private real estate investment management company, where he oversaw the acquisition, management and disposition of more than $2.2 billion of real estate assets. While at Helix Funds, he also served as Chief Executive Officer for American Residential Communities LLC, a Helix Funds portfolio company.

Before founding Helix Funds, Mr. Helfand served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest REIT in the United States at the time, where he led approximately $12 billion of mergers and acquisitions activity. Prior to joining EOP, Mr. Helfand served as a Managing Director and participated in the formation of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on real estate platforms in emerging markets. He also held the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity LifeStyle Properties, a publicly traded REIT that operates manufactured home communities. His earlier career included investment activity in a variety of asset classes, including retail, office, parking and multifamily. He serves as a Director of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, as a Commissioner for the Chicago Park District, on the NAREIT Advisory Board of Governors, on the Executive Committee of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, on the Executive Committee of the Kellogg Real Estate Center at Northwestern University, and on the Board of Visitors at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. Mr. Helfand also serves on the board of The Ounce of Prevention Fund, a national leader in early childhood education policy and advocacy. Mr. Helfand holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Northwestern University.
Adam Markman
Adam Markman
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Treasurer
Adam Markman Adam Markman serves as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Equity Commonwealth. Prior to joining Equity Commonwealth, Adam served as Managing Director of Green Street Advisors where he managed their consulting and advisory practice and played a key role in the firm’s REIT investment arm. In his 20 years at Green Street, Adam was involved in over $50 billion of transactions managing a partnership with Eastdil Secured, and he at one time led the firm’s retail and lodging research efforts. Adam has also served as a real estate consultant at Kenneth Leventhal & Co. He was a member of Green Street’s board of directors, currently sits on the Board of Directors of Mark IV Capital and RW Holdings NNN REIT, and is an adviser to TwinRock Partners’ Housing Fund. He is also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Adam has an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economies of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Orrin S. Shifrin
Orrin S. Shifrin
Executive Vice President
General Counsel
Secretary
Orrin S. Shifrin Orrin Shifrin serves as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Equity Commonwealth. Prior to Equity Commonwealth, Orrin handled legal matters for Equity Group Investment’s real estate investment activity. Orrin was also the General Counsel and Secretary for Helix Funds LLC, a private real estate investment company, and General Counsel for American Residential Communities LLC, a Helix Funds portfolio company. Prior to joining Helix Funds, he served as a Principal at Terrapin Properties LLC, a privately held real estate investment and development company and was a Partner at the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman. Orrin received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and graduated with highest honors with a B.S. from the University of Illinois.
David Weinberg
David Weinberg
Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
David Weinberg David Weinberg serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Equity Commonwealth. Prior to Equity Commonwealth, David worked on real estate investments for Equity Group Investments. Prior to joining Equity Group Investments, he was responsible for investments in the multifamily and office sectors at Helix Funds LLC, a private real estate investment company, and oversaw dispositions for American Residential Communities LLC, a Helix Funds portfolio company. David also served as Vice President of Investments and Asset Management at Equity Office Properties Trust where he oversaw a 16 million square foot office portfolio in Southern California. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President of acquisitions at LaSalle Investment Management and an attorney at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP. David received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and graduated with highest honors with a B.S. from the University of Illinois.

Board of Trustees

Sam Zell
Chairman of the Board

Sam Zell has been the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Equity Commonwealth since May 2014. Sam is also the Chairman of Equity Group Investments, a private investment firm he founded 50 years ago. He is also founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Sam is the Chairman of four other public companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Equity Residential, an apartment REIT; Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc., a manufactured home community and RV resort REIT; Covanta Holding Corporation, an international owner/operator of energy-from-waste and power generation facilities; and Anixter International Inc., a leading global provider of communications, security, and wire and cable products. Previously, Sam served as Chairman for Equity Office Properties Trust, which was sold in 2007 to The Blackstone Group for $39 billion in one of the largest private equity transactions in history. He also previously served as Chairman of the Board of Rewards Network, a dining rewards company, and Tribune Company, a Chicago-based media conglomerate.

Sam is an active philanthropist with a focus on entrepreneurial education. Through the Zell Family Foundation, he has led the sponsorship of several leading entrepreneurship programs, including: the Zell/Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business; the Zell Fellows Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management; and the Zell Entrepreneurship Center at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). The Zell Global Entrepreneur Network (ZGEN) unites the students and alumni of these programs and actively provides them with connections, opportunities, mentorship and support. Sam also sponsors the Samuel Zell/Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Real Estate Center. He holds a JD degree and a BA from the University of Michigan.

Martin Edelman
Trustee
David Helfand
Trustee
David Helfand is President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC), a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates commercial office properties throughout the United States.

Mr. Helfand serves as an Advisor to Equity Group Investments, a private investment firm, where he previously served as Co-President. Prior to Equity Group Investments, Mr. Helfand was Founder and President of Helix Funds LLC, a private real estate investment management company, where he oversaw the acquisition, management and disposition of more than $2.2 billion of real estate assets. While at Helix Funds, he also served as Chief Executive Officer for American Residential Communities LLC, a Helix Funds portfolio company.

Before founding Helix Funds, Mr. Helfand served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest REIT in the United States at the time, where he led approximately $12 billion of mergers and acquisitions activity. Prior to joining EOP, Mr. Helfand served as a Managing Director and participated in the formation of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on real estate platforms in emerging markets. He also held the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity LifeStyle Properties, a publicly traded REIT that operates manufactured home communities. His earlier career included investment activity in a variety of asset classes, including retail, office, parking and multifamily. He serves as a Director of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, as a Commissioner for the Chicago Park District, on the NAREIT Advisory Board of Governors, on the Executive Committee of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, on the Executive Committee of the Kellogg Real Estate Center at Northwestern University, and on the Board of Visitors at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. Mr. Helfand also serves on the board of The Ounce of Prevention Fund, a national leader in early childhood education policy and advocacy. Mr. Helfand holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Northwestern University.
Peter Linneman
Lead Independent Trustee
James Lozier Jr.
Trustee
Mary Jane Robertson
Trustee
Kenneth Shea
Trustee
Gerald Spector
Trustee
James Star
Trustee
James S. Corl
Trustee
Edward Alan Glickman
Trustee